By NEMS Daily Journal
Boston and the rest of the United States became more solidly united in determination Monday after an as-yet-unidentifed bomber (or bombers) detonated improvised explosive devices, ripping through a festive Patriots’ Day and Boston Marathon crowd, killing three and injuring more than 170.
Mississippians, as tourists and competitors, were part of the marathon throng, but thankfully, so far as is known, none were injured by the blasts.
The first attack on a major sports event in the United States – an act of terrorism as officially described Tuesday morning by President Obama – apparently happened without a hint of suspicious activity.
While the shock lingers, mixed with grieving and pain, Boston continues as a working city.
The Boston Globe’s editorial captured the immediate and historic determination of Bostonians:
“A commitment to rise to the occasion, to endure what must be endured, to remember all who suffered and lost their lives in times of strife, is written into the fabric of the city. … ”
“Boston will overcome,” Mayor Thomas Menino promised on Tuesday morning.
Mayor Menino surely speaks for all of us in the United States.
Caution but not fear should guide our behavior as citizens. Move ahead, and do not become jaded. Justice is in motion.
Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach, a noted writer, said in his Tuesday commentary, “What do you do, day to day, in our increasingly urbanized world, when you know there are bad people out there for whom the killing and maiming of innocent people is not a tragedy but a successful outcome? The answer … is that you press onward. Life has to go on, terror or not… ”
Achenbach described 78-year-old Boston runner, Bill Iffrig, the one who crumpled when hit by the shock wave of the explosion just a few yards from the finish line. Iffrig was on TV Monday night, describing what happened:
“Everybody else is out there having fun and you got one or two people trying to destroy the whole thing. It’s hard to figure out. Terrorists, whatever they are … I don’t have much use for it.” Bill Iffrig, as Achenbach noted, finished the race. So must the rest of us.